Guest House Chablis in "vallée du Serein", the Burgundy's gold gate.


Coté Serein proposes you to live a unique stay in our guest house or bed and breakfast and discover the charm of the serene valley of Burgundy only 10 minutes from Chablis.

Côté Serein is located in Noyers-sur-Serein, old medieval city classified as one of the 100 most beautiful french cities. Moreover, you could have the chance to taste the different Chablis wines.



Panoramic view from the Clos in Chablis


Chablis, foot centenary vines


Harvest at Domaine Thierry Laffay, Chablis Mont de Milieu 1er Crus


Marie-Noëlle harvests in Noyers-sur-Serein


Irancy typical landscape of Burgundy

Chablis vititour Franck in full tasting among the vines


Noyers-sur-Serein, vines Mont Chevreaux


Chablis: BBQ surrounded by vineyards


Chablis: meal among the vines


Noyers-sur-Serein, marc of Burgundy


Noyers-sur-Serein, part of our cellar


Chablis, landscape "Chablisien"


Chablis, foot centenary vines






Everything about the Chablis vineyards

Designation (s) Burgundy
Name (s) principal (s)
- Breakfast chablis,

- Chablis,

- Chablis Premier Cru and

- Grand cru chablis

Type designation (s) AOC
Recognized since 1938
Temperate oceanic continental trend
Ground limestone and marl
4845 hectares planted
Dominant grape varieties Chardonnay B
White goods Wines

Production 287,843 hectoliters (38 million bottles) for the 2008 harvest
Feet minimum hectare 5500 vines per hectare
Average yield per hectare varies according to the names of 54 hectoliters per hectare (grand cru chablis) to 60 hectoliters per hectare (breakfast chablis)

The vineyards of Chablis or Chablis is located in France, in the Burgundy region and the Yonne department (also called Lower Burgundy).

It produces different Chablis appellations and denominations, who are all white wines: breakfast Chablis, Chablis, Chablis and Chablis first cru grand cru.


The known origins of Chablis go back to the second century BC, when there was a Gallic village at the southern entrance of the current city. The first vines were planted likely in the first century AD. But they have really developed from the third century under the leadership of the Roman Emperor Probus (emperor 276-282).

Middle Ages
In 854, the monks of Tours, fleeing the invasion of the Vikings, take refuge at the Abbey of Saint-Germain Auxerre with the relics of their "boss", St. Martin. In 867, King Charles II the Bald says (grand son of Charlemagne) gives to the monks of Tours Chablis town and the monastery of Saint-Loup, where they will come ten years later house the relics of Saint Martin. They grow vines on the hillsides facing the bottom Serein, historical heart of the vineyards of Chablis and present site of the great vintages. In 1118, the monks of Pontigny conclude an agreement with the monks of Saint Martin of Tours giving them the right to operate thirty six acres of vineyards around Chablis (or about twenty-two hectares). To make wine and store their wine, they built the Chablis "Petit Pontigny", the pantry still exists, and which now houses many winegrowers events and serves as a seat at cross-Office of Burgundy wines in Chablis.


From the thirteenth century the wines of Chablis know a happy both geographic expansion and commercial and participate in the general enrichment of the city which it has long been the main income. It is in 1230 that the first harvest ban appeared. This corresponds to the start date of the harvest. In 1328 four hundred and fifty owners cultivate 500 hectares of vines. Transported by road to Auxerre, wines then followed the course of the Yonne, reaching Paris to Rouen and eventually be re-exported to northern countries. "White as spring water", "shelf stable", they soon acquired a separate status in the French landscape.


Contemporary period.
During the Revolution, the best parcels of vines belonging to the clergy so far, will be marketed as national property and become accessible to all winemakers. In 1850, with 38,000 hectares of vineyards and a million hectoliters produces annually, Yonne is one of the wine departments of France. In 1887, the department is achieved by phylloxera. The vineyard is completely destroyed. The reconstruction began ten years later with American rootstocks, but reconstruction is slow and difficult.


In 1914-1918, many young winemakers died during the First World War; for five years, they are the wives and mothers who took care of the vineyard. In 1919, a consensus was established around a number of thought that observation centuries had promoted: Vaudésir frogs Valmur, Les Clos and Blanchot. In 1938, The Preuses and Bougros join and the name "chablis grand cru", with its seven climates, takes its final form. AOC "chablis" and "grand cru chablis" are defined.


The June 15, 1940, the village was bombed by German aircraft. There are ninety dead and a lot of damage. Much of the old city will be destroyed. In 1943, a decree sets the terms of the AOC "Petit Chablis". In 1945, the vineyard covers 470 hectares and extends to 750 hectares in 1970. It was not until early 1960 that Chablis wine production actually resumed its growth with the development of mechanization and development up the fight against freezing systems (another scourge for vineyards in the region).


Geographic location

The vineyards of Chablis belongs to the Burgundy vineyard and extends hillside flower on 17 towns along the river Serein on 20 km long and 15 km wide.

Chablis vineyards: the hillside with great wines, with the Frogs castle at his feet.

Geology and orography

The floors date back to the Jurassic period, that is to say, old rocks 150 million years, specifically Kimmeridgian (for Chablis, Chablis wines first and grands crus Chablis) and incidentally Tithonian (for small -chablis). Found in rock deposits of tiny oysters. These are clay and limestone soils. The AOC refers to basements since 1923 judgment.


Chablis climate is temperate oceanic, with continental trends.

The vineyards cover 870 hectares 4, a total of 17 towns INAO has awarded three names:


- Le Petit Chablis, harvested mainly on the plateaus (production area: 762 hectares) [1].

- Chablis, harvested on the slopes exposed to the north and east and plateaus (production area: 3218 hectares) [1]. 171 400 hectoliters of production is about 23 million bottles. The first crus Chablis, denominations within the appellation, are harvested on hillsides facing south and west (production area: 775 hectares) [1]. 43,600 hectoliters of production is about 6 million bottles.

- The Chablis grand cru, harvested exclusively in Chablis and Fyé on the coast on the right bank of the Serein (production area: 106.42 hectares). [7]


Climates classified
- The great Chablis wines are the subject of a separate appellation. These are the following climates: Blanchot, The Bougros, Les Clos, The Frogs, The Preuses, Valmur and Vaudésir.

- The first vintages: Beauroy, Berdiot, Beugnons, Butteaux, Chapelot, Brown, Stubble of Talvat, Coastal Brechain, Coastal Cuissy, Côte de Fontenay, Coastal Jouan, Coastal Léchet, Coastal Savan, Coastal Vabarousse, Coast Girots of Pres, Forestry, Fourchaume, The Dead Man, The Beauregards, The Epinottes, the furnaces, The Lys, Mélinots, Mont de Milieu, Montée de Tonnerre, Montmains, Morein, Foot Aloup, Roncieres, Secher, Troëmes, Vaillons, Vau de Vey, Vau Ligneau, Vaucoupin, Vaugiraut, Vaulorent, Vaupulent, Vaux and Ragons Vosgros.


The grands crus and Bougrot Vaudésirs.

They are seven in number, all in the town of Chablis, grouped on the right bank of the Serein on a hill facing south west

* Blanchots, about 12.68 hectares;

* Bougros, about 15.07 hectares;

* Les Clos, about 25.87 hectares;

* Grenouilles, about 9.38 hectares.

* The Preuses, about 10.81 hectares;

* Valmur, about 10.55 hectares;

* Vaudésirs on 15.43 hectares.


List of climates Premiers Crus
The harvest in the Fourchaume.
The Fourchaume (locality Vaulorent).

They are divided into 79 climates, the main ones being:

- Les Beauregards

- Beauroy (Troesmes and Côte de Savant can also be called Beauroy)

- Berdiot

- Chaume de Talvat

- Côte Cuissy

- Côte de Jouan

- Côte de Léchet

- Côte de Vaubarousse

- Fourchaume (Vaupulent, Côte de Fontenay, The Dead Man and Vaulorent can also opt for raw Fourchaume name)

- The Fourneaux (Morein and Côte des Prés Girots who can opt for Les Fourneaux)

- Mont de Milieu

- Montée de Tonnerre (Chapelot, Foot and Aloup Côte de Bréchain can also be called Montée de Tonnerre)

- Montmains (Forêtt and Butteaux can choose the name of Montmains)

- Vaillons (Châtains, Sécher, Beugnons, Les Lys, Mélinots, Roncières et Les Epinottes can also opt for the name of Vaillons)

- Vau de Vey (Vaux Ragons can opt for Vau de Vey)

- Vau Ligneau

- Vaucoupin

- Vosgros (Vaugiraut can be called Vosgros)


Grape varieties: Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is the only grape variety used in the composition of the white wines of the AOC. Its clusters are relatively small, cylindrical, less dense than those of Pinot Noir, made of irregular grains, quite small, golden yellow. First time maturing as Pinot Noir, it adapts better to a humidity of late season with a better resistance to rot if it is not in a situation of strong force. It is susceptible to mildew and flavescence dorée. He ridden a little before pinot noir, which also makes it sensitive to spring frosts. The sugar content of the berries can achieve high levels while maintaining a high acidity, which provides wines particularly well balanced, powerful and detailed, with lots of fat and volume

Farming methods
Vine cut in guyot simple.

Manual work

This work begins with the size, in "simple Guyot" with a rod of five to eight eyes and a spur one to three eyes. The draw follows the branches size. The branches are removed and can be burned or put in the middle of the row to be crushed. We then go to repairs. Then comes the folding chopsticks. Eventually, after folding chopsticks, the planting of new grafts is performed. Disbudding can begin as soon as the vines began to grow. This method allows, in part, to control yields. The lift is performed when the vine starts pushing well. Generally, two to three hitches are practiced. The "green harvest" is practiced more in this name. This operation is done in order to regulate the yields and especially to increase the quality of the remaining grapes. To finish with manual labor in the vineyard, is realized the important step of the harvest.


Mechanical work

The straddle is a great help. The various works consist of grinding branches, achieved when the branches are taken and put in the middle of the row; a "hole" made the auger, where the vines feet are missing, in order to plant transplants in spring; plowing or dogging, realized in order to aerate the soil and remove weeds; Weeding is most often chemically to kill weeds; several treatments of the vines, made in order to protect against some fungal diseases (downy mildew, powdery mildew, gray mold, etc.) and some insects (eudemis and cochylis). Consisting in several trims reciper or cut the branches of vines (branches) that exceed the trellising system.


Returns. Main articles: breakfast Chablis, Chablis and Chablis Grand Cru.
Minimum and maximum alcoholic strength by volume.

Vinification and aging

These are general methods of vinification this name. However, there are small differences in approach between growers and traders.

White winemaking

White wine.

Pneumatic press used for pressing.

The harvest is usually mechanical, but it can be manual, with sorted. The grapes are then transferred into a press for pressing. Once the mash tank, trunking is performed usually after a enzymage. At this point, a stall fermentative cold (about 10 to 12 degrees for several days) can be sought to promote the extraction of aromas. But usually after 12-48 hours, the clear juice is drawn off and made fermenter.La alcoholic fermentation takes place with a special monitoring for temperatures that should remain fairly stable (18-24 degrees). Chaptalization is also practiced to increase the alcoholic strength if necessary. The malolactic fermentation is done in barrels or vats. The wines are aged "sur lies" in barrels, in which the winemaker regularly conducts a "stirring", that is to say resuspension lees. This lasts for several months during the breeding of whites. In the end, the wine filtration is done to make the clearest wines. The closing bottling operation.

Le Petit Chablis and Chablis: usually a pretty clear dress, pale gold in color, very fresh, lively and mineral nose with aromas of flint, green apple, lemon, undergrowth ...

Chablis Premier Cru: structured wine, long finish, mineral, floral ...

Chablis Grand Cru: pure green color gold, mineral aromas (flint, flint), also aromas of limes, dried fruits, almond ...

Gastronomy, safety and operating temperature

- The small-Chablis and Chablis: custody of time is about two to four years (four years for chablis). Serve between 10 and 11 degrees.

Can be served as an aperitif, it goes well with sushi, goat cheese, Beaufort, County ... The old vines also with foie gras.

- The first cru chablis: his guard time is from five to ten years. Serve between 10 and 12 degrees. Goes well with fish in sauce, oysters, poultry in sauce, sausages, snails, ham in Chablis ...

- The grand cru chablis: his guard time is from ten to fifteen years. Serve between 12 and 14 degrees. Goes well lobster, lobster, crayfish, fine fish, white meats, poultry in cream.